Tim Brooke-Taylor


The much loved comedian and performer Tim Brooke-Taylor has died aged 79 after a run in with the dreaded coronavirus. Brooke-Taylor was one third of the Goodies, an anarchic trio of surrealist comics who were a massive part of childrens TV in the early 1970s. Their show, part sitcom part sketches, could make you die laughing, as it did to one fan. Tim Brooke-Taylor was able to convey his surreal outlook at the world into popular radio comedy panel show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, providing adept at the “sing a popular song with the wrong tune” round. For example, singing The Smith’s Girlfriend in a Coma, to the tune of Tiptoe Through the Tulips. He also had a memorable cameo in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, as a man who tries to bribe a computer into revealing the secret of the gold tickets. Brooke-Taylor was a long standing supporter of Amnesty International, before celebrities supporting charities became cool.

But never mind all that, despite several key places in pop culture history, we can’t forget his biggest. That’s right. He was one of the original Four Yorkshiremen! This leaves John Cleese as the last standing part of this legendary sketch.

Tim Brooke-Taylor
17 July 1940 – 12 April 2020